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According to Italian daily newspaper "Libero", Pope Benedict XVI is thinking about leaving the papacy next April, when he will turn 85

Adrea Tornielli
Vatican City

There is one front page news story that will certainly not go unnoticed: that is, that the Pope is thinking about resigning during the Spring of 2012. Journalist Antonio Socci has confirmed the same in the Italian daily, Libero.

"For now,” Socci writes, “he is saying that this may be true (Joseph Ratzinger’s personal assumption), but I hope the story does not reach the news. But this rumor is circulating high up in the Vatican and therefore deserves close attention. The Pope has not rejected the possibility of his resignation when he turns 85 in April next year.”

Socci recalls that the assumption he will resign, without any hitches, was the same thing Ratzinger talked about in an interview in the book “Luce del mondo” (Light of the World), when, in response to a question by interviewer Peter Seewald, he said: “When a Pope arrives at a clear awareness that he no longer has the physical, mental, or psychological capacity to carry out the task that has been entrusted to him, then he has the right, and in some cases, even the duty to resign.” Furthermore, in another passage, Benedict XVI wondered if he would be able to “withstand it all, just from the physical point of view.”

Socci makes the following observation in today’s edition of Libero: “Today, Pope Benedict seems to be in really good form; just the same, there’s the issue of his age and just how much energy he has left.” But the writer/journalist also recalls another passage from the same book interview, which has to do with the attacks and controversies related to the pedophile priests' scandal: “When there is a great menace, one cannot simply run away from it. That is why, right now, it is definitely not the time to resign.”

Any corroboration of this story anywhere ???

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Vatican denied.
(09-26-2011, 10:05 PM)archdiocesan Wrote: [ -> ]Vatican denied.

In before a lot of quips to this.
(09-26-2011, 10:05 PM)archdiocesan Wrote: [ -> ]Vatican denied.

Link?
Absolutely is false, pure rumour!

Thanks for the Reuters link.

Even if his health were bad, I do doubt he'd resign!
I think this comes from the nominal-Christian world who can't tell the difference between the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Pope. Dr. Rowan Williams will be retiring from his (fake) seat next year, or it has been said. This is probably just a mistaken identity problem among the retards who constitute modern secular culture. "Dear me, he has a big hat and a cape so he must be the Pope!"
Can/do Popes retire? Have they in history?
(09-27-2011, 11:06 PM)kayla_veronica Wrote: [ -> ]Can/do Popes retire? Have they in history?

Yes. Pope St Celestine V retired after an absolutely calamitous Papacy in 1294 and Pope Gregory XII resigned in 1415 as part of a compromise to end the Great Schism.
(09-28-2011, 12:18 AM)jovan66102 Wrote: [ -> ]Yes. Pope St Celestine V retired after an absolutely calamitous Papacy in 1294 and Pope Gregory XII resigned in 1415 as part of a compromise to end the Great Schism.

Compromise with whom, the Patriarch of Constantinople?

I've actually never heard this before.
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